Saturday, October 22, 2016

Red Cross Assisting Following North Pennsylvania Floods

Volunteers and staff from the American Red Cross Central Pennsylvania Region have been assisting those impacted by the storm that caused flooding in Bradford, Centre, Clinton, Lycoming, and Sullivan Counties.

The Red Cross operated a shelter at Bald Eagle Area High School in Bellefonte (Centre County) on Thursday and Friday nights and another shelter at McCall Middle School in Montoursville (Lycoming County) on Friday night. Close to 80 people stayed in the Bald Eagle Shelter on Thursday night and four people stayed on Friday night. No residents stayed the night at McCall Middle School. Both shelters have now been closed.

The Red Cross has transitioned the relief operation to disaster assessment. Red Cross staff and volunteers are making their way out into the community are and working with those impacted to assess their needs and help them on their road to recovery.

If you are in need of disaster assistance due to the storm and flooding, please contact the Red Cross at 866-311-3832.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Red Cross Central PA Region Shelters - Oct 2016

Heavy rains have caused flooding in parts of Bradford, Centre, Clinton, Lycoming, and Sullivan Counties. The American Red Cross is working with state and local emergency management agencies, as well as first responders and our community partners to assess the situation and respond appropriately.

The Red Cross urges those in flood prone areas to watch the weather closely and heed any weather alerts that are issued. You can also also download the Red Cross Emergency App to learn what to do to prepare for, respond to, and recover from a flood (as well as other emergencies).

Both shelters have now been closed.

Shelter Locations:
  • Bald Eagle Area High School - 751 South Eagle Valley Road, Bellefonte, Pennsylvania (Centre County)
    • now closed

  • McCall Middle School - 600 Willow Street, Montoursville, Pennsylvania (Lycoming County)
    • now closed

Friday, October 14, 2016

Red Cross Hosts Mill Hall Fire Safety Event

Red Cross and community volunteers joined together with the Mill Hall Fire Department to install nearly 150 free smoke alarms and educate residents on the importance of home fire preparedness during a special event held in Mill Hall on Friday, October 14, 2016.

“Every seven minutes, someone dies in a home fire,” noted Steve Leauber, Red Cross North Central Pennsylvania Chapter Disaster Program Manager. “Working smoke alarms and home fire escape plans can increase your chances of evacuating safely by over 50%. The service our volunteers provide today will save a life tomorrow.”

The Red Cross Home Fire Preparedness Campaign is a five-year initiative aimed at reducing the number of home fire related deaths and injuries by 25%. Now in its third year, the American Red Cross can document over 110 lives saved nationally due to the program. 

Volunteers and financial support for the Mill Hall install event came from the American Red Cross, Tri-M Group, LLC, Wayne Township Landfill, Citizens & Northern Bank, Lock Haven University Red Cross Club and other students, UGI, and PPL.